Wrigleyville has long been held up as an example of an urban neighborhood that lives and thrives in tandem with its Major League Baseball park. It’s pretty much the opposite of the scene on the South Side at The Rate, where the stadium is an island in a sea of parking lots and gritty infrastructure. And still Wrigleyville continues to evolve and grow, especially on the blocks adjacent to Wrigley Field.
We’ve told you about the hotels, offices, and restaurants being built just west of the field. And five months ago was the ceremonial groundbreaking for another mixed-use complex just to the south, called Addison and Clark (1025 West Addison). Now the first construction permits have come through for the project which, in conjunction with other nearby projects, is going to elevate the core of Wrigleyville from low-rise to fully mid-rise status, with other properties to follow.
New construction. Full permit submittal to include partial basement level parking garage, underground utilities, foundation and ground floor slab for a new 8 story mixed use residential/commercial development.
Two sentences doesn’t really do this project justice. It was designed by SCB for M&R Development, with Power Construction doing the heavy lifting. It will include 148 apartments, 150,000 square feet of retail space, 405 parking spaces, and a 10-screen cineplex about as close to Wrigley Field as you can get without having to cork a bat.
Moreover, the new projects in the neighborhood are going to go a long way toward developing year-round retail and entertainment opportunities to supplement the baseball surges.
While some may aspire to hanging their hat inside a skinny tower in The Loop, or a 100-year-old stone manse in the Gold Coast, we can completely understand how for a certain group of people, living at 1025 West Addison will represent the ultimate in Chicago living.